Use essential oils for a more chemical free home
By Karen Pacia
Things change when you become a mother. I have never been more conscious of the things we use at home till I got pregnant and gave birth to my daughter. I searched for safer and more effective alternatives that are scientifically proven to sanitize and deodorize the household instead of using chemicals which can be very harmful to us, especially to our child.
In addition, not only are these extremely effective, these are also money-savers. For example, I only invested P6,000 a year for bottles of Therapeutic Grade Lavender, Lemon, and Peppermint to create my “DIY Disinfectant” which can also be used as a Bug Spray.
You read that right. These Essential Oils also repel pesky insects including mosquitos, cockroaches, spiders, fleas, and more. I don’t buy supermarket products anymore and I get to save P10,000 annually.
So, what are Essential Oils?
These are concentrated, liquid plant extract that contain the essence of a plant, including its aroma and health properties. It has been used for thousands of years for therapeutic and medicinal purposes. There have been several scientific studies on its efficacy especially its antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties.
Is it safe to use?
Too much of anything will be bad for you (including water – ever heard of water toxicity?) Just like any other product, you have to FOLLOW the instructions on how it should be used (especially the dilution levels). Don’t try to experiment.
How Do You Use it?
TOPICAL USE: For my headache and muscle pains, I discovered that Peppermint essential oil is a very effective natural painkiller and muscle relaxant. It is especially helpful in soothing an aching back, melting away a tension headache. I just apply 1 drop of Peppermint with 1 drop of lavender on my neck and shoulders. I also tried it on my husband after he played badminton and it helped with his sore muscles.
AROMATIC USE: Diffusing is a safe method for individuals with sensitive skin and some essential oils can also help kill germs (yes, germs and bacteria) and airborne microbes. Make sure to diffuse no more than 2-4 drops at a time. Don’t sit too close (at least 2 feet away) and don’t diffuse for too long either (1-2 hours is optimal). To add, be mindful of who is in the room with you.Some essential oils are not safe for babies at a certain age or for pregnant or nursing mothers. Please check first prior to using. What is considered safe for diffusing when babies are around are Lavender and Lemon (at low dilution).
CLEANING: Gone are the days of holding our breaths or wearing masks and gloves so as not to inhale the fumes or get in contact with chemicals whenever we use Lysol or Baygon at home. I started making natural, non-toxic, cleaning and insect-repelling solutions with Doterra’s Lemon, Lavender and Peppermint.
In a 16 oz amber Glass / PET Plastic Bottle, add the following:
– 16 oz Distilled Water
– 15 drops Lavender
– 15 drops Lemon
– 15 drops Peppermint
Before each use, just shake to combine, then spray on any surface to disinfect (like door handles, trash cans, counter tops, furniture, mattress, carpets, and rugs, stinky shoes, etc). You can also spray this outdoors to repel insects (instead of using mosquito coils, i.e. “Katol”).
TIP: You can also try just using 50% Distilled Water with 50% Witch Hazel to help the oil combine with the water. If there are children below 6 years old in the house, just use Lavender and Lemon (30 drops each).
Is it effective?
We’ve been using Essential Oils for over a year and I just wished I discovered EO’s sooner. Moreover, these oils can also be used for other purposes (diffusing 2-3 drops of Lavender at night will help you relax and have a good sleep).